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Dec 2011Present

Learning Specialist, Sr.

University of Texas Medical Branch Organizational Workforce & Development

My projects include but are not limited to: automating Tuition Reimbursement, helping choose and implement an Online learning Management System, process improvement, Leadership Training curriculum, Social Media Training, Performance Management, and Service Awards.


Aug 2010Present

Masters of Science

University of Houston - Clear Lake


With more than a decade of teaching experience in math, IT, and web development, Dagmar Kusiak currently instructs students at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston and Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City. UTMB employs Ms. Kusiak as a Senior Online Learning Specialist, and Kirkwood appointed her Distance Learning Instructor and Course Developer. Dagmar Kusiak’s duties at both institutions consist of creating the syllabus, homework assignments, examinations, and videos for courses and coaching students who have math questions. An undergraduate major in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Iowa, Dagmar Kusiak served as president of the campus chapter of Women in Computer Science and mentored fellow students in Women in Science and Engineering. While still in school, she landed a job with Microsoft as a Technology Trainer, giving presentations about new software to students and faculty and tailoring Microsoft products to particular departments' needs. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in 2001, Dagmar Kusiak continued to work for the University of Iowa as Web Developer and Grant Administrator and completed an MBA program at the university’s Henry B. Tippie College of Business. Kirkwood first hired her in 2003 as a Business and Technology Instructor at its Cedar Rapids campus. She also worked on the campus Intranet at Iowa State University and taught classes there. Between 2005 and 2007, the State of Iowa employed Dagmar Kusiak as a Political Precinct Captain and Political Educator. She then joined the campaign to pass a statewide smoking ban in 2008 by volunteering as a Tobacco Control Advocate with the American Cancer Society. Her professional association with UTMB began in August 2008 when she accepted a position as a Workforce Analyst that lasted nearly three and a half years. Dagmar Kusiak will solidify her credentials as an information technology educator by completing a Master of Science degree program at the University of Houston, Clear Lake, in the field of Instructional Design and Technology.

Dagmar Kusiak on Tennis for Beginners

Dagmar Kusiak on Tennis for BeginnersPlaying tennis is a great way to relax, burn some calories, and remain healthy as an adult. And while it can seem like a difficult game to master, beginners can benefit from just a few basic tips.One way to drastically improve your tennis game is to simply watch the ball. As rudimentary as it sounds, watching the ball allows your mind to naturally react in an athletic fashion. Once you have mastered watching the ball, you then can move on to other slightly more advanced techniques. Keeping your body weight forward throughout the forehand will improve the power of the strike. When coupled with level shoulders and level eyes, accuracy and power converge for an outstanding shot. Maintaining balance throughout the forehand is essential to a solid, accurate strike. Maintain an athletic position with the knees slightly bent and feet slightly wider than shoulder width; this will give you a solid foundation. When the ball arrives, your athletic stance, coupled with the aforementioned techniques, will allow you to execute a strong hit. About the Author: Dagmar Kusiak is currently working on her Masters of Science in Clear Lake from the University of Houston. Her focus is on Instructional Design and Technology. Prior to that, she earned an MBA from Henry B. Tippie College of Business and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa in 2001. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis to relax.